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Death Of Trayvon Martin Brings Hundreds To Detroit’s Hart Plaza

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Parents of Trayvon Martin at Macedonia Baptist Church, March 26, 2012 in Eatonville, Fla. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Parents of Trayvon Martin at Macedonia Baptist Church, March 26, 2012 in Eatonville, Fla. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Hundreds gathered in Hart Plaza for a peaceful protest over the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Gwen Thomas says the death of the teen gunned down by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community has illuminated the problem of racism in the suburbs, especially metro Detroit.

Thomas is the president of the NAACP’s South Oakland Chapter and says Martin’s death has touched a nerve.

“The children are racially profiled, African Americans we can’t, just exhale when we move to the suburbs – is a whole different set of circumstances, first of all, they don’t want them there. African American boys – the issue goes deep,” said Thomas.

“I don’t want to see this country move toward a racial unrest throughout this country and it feels that – that may happen,” said Thomas.

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